Someone once said, “Those who can, do; those who can do more, volunteer.” Aaron Burriesci has spent the last 12 years embracing that statement. Aaron began volunteering with Lincoln Glen Little League in 2005 when his eldest son, Aaron Jr. began playing tee ball. Over the years, he has managed or coached in every division and on several All-Star teams.
In the summer of 2008, with his wife, Mary, pregnant with their third son, Jack, Aaron started his own IT Staffing Business. This move gave him the flexibility to devote more time to two of his passions; his family and baseball. His second son, Dallas, started tee ball in the spring of 2009. Aaron assisted with the coaching on Dallas’s team. A highlight for the Burriesci Family came in the spring of 2010. Their fourth son, Brady had just been born and Aaron Jr. was going to pitch in a playoff game. As a truly devoted (please read as obsessed) baseball family, Coach Aaron was at the game, as was Mary, 2 day old Brady, 21 month old Jack and 9 year old Dallas. That team went on to win the Minor’s Championship.
Between his sons’ games, practices and watching other teams play; Aaron was often found at the fields. When not physically at the park, he has been known to be emailing, texting or conference calling to talk LGLL baseball! It had become an integral part of him.
In 2013, Aaron joined the LGLL Board as the VP of Farm. He saw an opportunity to revamp the division, do away with the pitching machine and bring back the Farm Tournament. His goal was to get the children to have an opportunity to have a truer baseball experience and begin to learn more about baseball rules and etiquette. He hoped to get Farm managers and coaches feeling excited and engaged and completely supported. In 2015, he organized and oversaw all the upgrades to the Joe Walter Field that were done in memory of Joe Walter, the founder of our farm division. Aaron’s efforts were recently acknowledged, when our cross town rivals, Willow Glen Little League, asked for advice on how to bring the LGLL style of Farm (Single A at WGLL – but don’t call it that around Aaron!) baseball to their organization.
The 2017 season will be Aaron’s 5th year as VP of Farm. His son, Aaron Jr., was named one of the Captains on the Willow Glen High School Varsity Baseball Team. Dallas has had a successful year of travel baseball culminating this past summer with hitting a couple homeruns and pitching a complete game in Cooperstown, NY. Jack, proving you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink, has retired from baseball at the age of 8. Brady, is looking forward to starting his second year of Farm baseball.
Aaron Burriesci is an important part of the Lincoln Glen Little League family. He has shared his knowledge, skills and humor with adults and children alike. He has devoted his time and energy to making baseball at LGLL memorable and fun and has created lasting friendships. Edith Wharton said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” LGLL has allowed Aaron to do both.
As we honor Aaron with the 2017 Wes Houseweart Volunteer of the Year Award, we want to personally thank Mary, Aaron Jr, Dallas, Jack and Brady for sharing Aaron with all of us here at LGLL.